Environmental Science Opportunities

Experiential learning opportunities for environmental science students

Undergraduate Research

One of the most in-depth experiential opportunities available to Environmental Science students is independent research within a faculty member’s research group. 

On-campus Opportunities

Environmental Science students participate in research on-campus during the academic year and in the summer. Funding may exist to support your research; deadlines for funding vary depending on the fellowship/stipend.
Environmental Science Institute list of affiliated faculty
EUREKA - a searchable database of opportunities and faculty research interests at UT

Off-campus Opportunities

These programs often take place over 8-10 weeks in the summer and many times include a stipend and housing/travel support. They are competitive and require an application. Application deadlines and requirements vary, but are usually due in January or February and require at least one recommendation. 
National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) list of summer programs in Earth Science
Environmental Science Internships 
USC Dornsife Research and Internships
Pathways to Sciences list of summer programs in Environmental Science

Resources for Getting Involved and Funding a Research Experience


The purpose of an internship is to gain valuable skills and experience, explore and refine your career interests, and network with professionals in your field.  Also, internships allow you to apply concepts you have learned in the classroom in a real-world, work environment.  

CNS Career Services is your college resource for career exploration and internships. 

The Office of Experiential Learning offers weekly drop-in advising/consultations over Zoom for students who would like to discuss strategies for getting involved in experiential learning activities and connecting with CNS and campus resources. Students can contact SEOAmbassadors@austin.utexas.edu to learn more. The list below is a sample of opportunities and is not exhaustive.

Study Abroad

Study abroad programs provide Environmental Science majors with access to interesting and relevant courses around the world. Immerse yourself in a new culture while earning credits toward your degree.

The Office of Experiential Learning offers weekly drop-in advising/consultations for CNS students seeking opportunities.

Study Abroad by Major Guides

MyCreditAbroad database lists Environmental Science courses abroad with UT course equivalents
CNS Research and Internships Abroad
UT Study Abroad Semester and Summer Internship Programs

Short-term Programs
Semester-long Programs
RISE Research Internships in Science and Engineering
Pasteur Foundation Undergraduate Internship Program


CNS students can engage in entrepreneurial activities both in and out of the classroom. The Office of Experiential Learning offers weekly drop-in advising/consultations for CNS students seeking opportunities.

CNS Inventors Program
Entrepreneurship Resources Across Campus
Bridging Disciplines Programs – Innovation, Creativity & Innovation
Texas Convergent
Texas Chapter of EnActUs

Other Activities

Science Sprints

If you're interested in "doing science" and are looking for a shorter-term way to be involved, try out a Science Sprint! Science Sprints are one-day intensive, fun events bringing interdisciplinary teams of 10-25 undergraduates together to work on a meaningful science problem. All CNS majors are welcome.